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Parts of the wall are still standing in Germany, serving as a reminder of the past.
Parts of the wall are still standing in Germany, serving as a reminder of the past.

In photos: 50 years of the Berlin Wall

Germany commemorates the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall this weekend.
Aug 13th 2011, 11:54 AM 2,828 16

EAST GERMANY BEGAN building the Berlin Wall exactly 50 years ago today.

Although leaders claimed it was being built to protect citizens, it was generally known the Wall was erected to stop people leaving the Communist bloc.

Between 1949 and 1961, about 3.5 million people were said to have left East Germany and the Communist leaders wanted to ensure no more of the population was culled.

The anniversary of the construction of the wall will be marked in Germany this weekend as a reminder of the country’s troubled political past.

The Wall remained in place for 28 years, isolating East Germans from their family, friends and jobs in the West.

Check out this collection of images tracing the history of the Wall from that first day of construction through to the tourism it generates today:

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